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Whom To Correct

"He who corrects a scoffer gets shame for himself,And he who rebukes a wicked man only harms himself.Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you;Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you."-Proverbs 9:7-8Andy Stanley has written a book called The Best Question Ever. I hope you'll buy it, and don't mean to ruin the surprise, but the great question he raises for any given situation is "what is wise?" It's often neglected. We hear the admonishment of Jesus to be "harmless as doves" …

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Our Tough & Tender God

"As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: So the Lord alone did lead him,... To me belongeth vengeance and recompense; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste." -Deuteronomy 32:11-12, 35Isn't it amazing that God can be both the mother eagle, caring for her young, and also the awesome God who takes …

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Revive Us Again

"Come, and let us return to the Lord; for He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up. After two days He will revive us; On the third day He will raise us up, That we may live in His sight." -Hosea 6:1-2 (NKJV)Sometimes reading the Old Testament prophets is like reading the history of America: a once great people, having enjoyed the blessing of God, now taking their Creator for granted and living in idolatry and religious pretense, judged, …

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I Come Quickly

Behold, I come quickly..." -Revelation 3:11Many skeptics will accuse Jesus of failing to keep His promise contained in this verse. But we need to understand that the word "quickly" is translated from tachu which means "with haste, suddenly, by surprise." Jesus was not referring to the chronology of His coming in history but rather to the manner of His coming when the time does arrive. His coming will be swift, sudden, and instantaneous. When He appears, there will be no …

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Joy From the Unseen Jesus

"...Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith--the salvation of your souls." -1 Peter 1:8-9 Hey, who stole your joy? Millions of Christians are moping around in defeat and discouragement when they could be living a life filled with joy. How? By believing in Jesus Christ. There is an initial faith that completes our side of the salvation transaction, but there is also a living kind of …

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Loving Without Seeing

"whom having not seen ye love..." -1 Peter 1:8 Isn't this the epitome of living the Christian life? Most of the time, we define our Christian life in one of two ways. Either we define our faith by our rituals (worship, prayer, quiet time, etc.) or we define it by our restrictions (all of our many rules). Peter defines it as loving the One whom we have not yet seen. Loving Jesus is always demonstrated by obedience regardless of our feelings, so the ultimate expression of …

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Run for Cover

"The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord God hath spoken, who can but prophesy?" -Amos 3:8 I was sitting out on my back deck recently working on a message late at night when I heard a strange noise from the woods that surround our home. It was the sound of the crunching of leaves under the heavy tromping of some kind of large animal. Then, I heard a huff of breath. I assume the animal was a deer, which would pose no particularly serious threat, but since the …

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The MUST of Missions

"And the gospel must first be published among all nations." -Mark 13:10 Did you know that eight out of every ten dollars held by Christians in the world is held by Christians in America? Did you also know that the average American gives less than two percent of his income to missions? A great fear of mine is that Jesus will come and we (American Christians in general) will be sitting on all of the money He intended to be used for missions. The statement by Jesus …

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Meekness: The Leverage of Leadership

"Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth." -Numbers 12:3 In today's world, meekness = weakness. God does not view it that way, however. In a world where power is everything, Jesus entered the scene in a wooden manger surrounded by barnyard animals. He grew up in an humble village, the son of a carpenter, of modest means. He lived His life serving others, yet Jesus was certainly the most influential leader in all of history.If …

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His Cleansing Blood

"But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." -1 John 1:7 God rescues us from the slime and slop and mire of our sin and washes us with the blood of His very own Son, Jesus. But that's not all. Our continued fellowship with the Father means for us that Jesus' blood keeps on cleansing us over a lifetime. "If we walk in the light... the blood of Jesus continually …

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